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RE: asparagus guilds (Follow-Up #5)

posted by: fruit_and_nuts on 04.23.2005 at 05:22 pm in Permaculture Forum

Before posting this question I researched guilds and like Sue said, there is very little out there. But with the info you all have provided, and the great index in the back of "Gaia's Garden", I have come up with a plan. This summer I will amend the soil and plant a cover crop, then next spring I will plant my guild. I want something that looks nice, since I may locate this in my front garden. I plan to leave plenty of space around the asparagus, since everyone has told me they don't like to be crowded or have their roots disturbed.
Anyway here is what I have decided to try. I will let you all know in a few years how it works. It has to work better then just planting asparagus alone, which I did in my last garden, where I always had asparagus beetle problems.

Accumulator- Yarrow
Pest repellant- Calendula
Nitrogen fixer- Lupine
insectary-- lupine, & yarrow
ground cover- leaf mold
mulch- leaf mold

Since Asparagus does not like to be crowded I decided on leaf mold instead of plants for mulch and ground cover.

fruit_and_nuts

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RE: asparagus guilds (Follow-Up #14)

posted by: herbal on 09.16.2012 at 09:43 pm in Permaculture Forum

I created a successful asparagus guild with tomato and arugula. This is my perennial vegetable bed. Although I have to replant the tomatoes each year, tomatoes do not have to be rotated. Though I suspect I will get many volunteers.
Down the middle of the 4 ft wide bed I have asparagus planted 12" apart. The beds run East-West. On the southern side of the aspargus I planted tomatoes. On the northern side I planted arugula. Throughout the bed I have parsley, borage and basil. The bed looks great with few pests.

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RE: asparagus guilds (Follow-Up #1)

posted by: overrocked on 03.23.2005 at 04:14 pm in Permaculture Forum

I'm not sure which plants would work, since Asparagus needs free space to put up new shoots.AND doesn't like to be disturbed.

But for those who don't know the guild method-
Plants that perform the following function-

accumulator
mulch
insectary
pest repellant
ground cover
nitrogen fixer

I plan on using hay for mulch, onions for insectary, dandelions for ground cover, Siberian pea shrub for nitrogen fixer. I'm not sure what accumulator means though-???? I have about 10 crowns to plant this year, since my 2yr plants died last year that I grew from seed didn't make it :( They dried out while I was away. I also have tagasaste for a wind-break! I wish you luck

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